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National Civil Rights Organizations Team Up to Educate, Empower and Protect Voters During First National Elections Since Weakened Voting Rights Act and Changing Voting Laws

October 6, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA CONTACT/INQUIRES:

Stacie B. Royster

Director of Communications and External Affairs

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law   

(202) 662-8317/(202) 445-6101 (cell)

sroyster@lawyerscommittee.org

National Civil Rights Organizations Team Up to Educate, Empower and Protect Voters During First National Elections Since Weakened Voting Rights Act and Changing Voting Laws

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, NALEO Educational Fund, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC and APIAVote help voters navigate shifting electoral process due to voting law changes in Ohio, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Georgia, others.

Media Teleconference, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 12PM Eastern

Dial-in: 888-455-2296   Conference ID: 3123028

Washington, D.C., October 3, 2014 – In the midst of the 30-day countdown to the midterm elections, voting rights experts from four major nonpartisan organizations will hold a teleconference to share their strategies and Election Protection resources created to meet the needs of voters in today’s fast-changing voting rights landscape and to answer questions about empowering citizens to protect the right to vote in 2014.

This will be the first election since the Voting Rights Act was impaired by the 2013 Shelby decision that found the law’s coverage formula unconstitutional. From the date of the Supreme Court’s ruling until now, less than 30 days from November 4th, states have been pushing forward restrictive voting law changes that undermine the voting rights of American citizens. Voter protection advocates, who have closely monitored these changes, have prepared and made available numerous tools for voters in order to help them cast a fair and free ballot next month.

WHO:

  • Barbara Arnwine, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, President and Executive Director
  • Arturo Vargas, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, Executive Director
  • Mee Moua, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC, President and Executive Director
  • Christine Chen, Asian & Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote), Executive Director
  • Moderated by: Marcia Johnson-Blanco, Co-director, Voting Rights Project, Lawyers’ Committee,

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
               12 p.m. Eastern              

CALL IN: Dial-in: 888-455-2296; Conference ID: 3123028
Note: Reporters interested in participating are encouraged to RSVP to kyla.novell@gmmb.com

About Election Protection
Election Protection is the nation's largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, led by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Through its suite of hotlines, including the 1-866-OUR-VOTE hotline (1-866-687-8683) administered by the Lawyers’ Committee,  1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (1-888-839-8682) administered by NALEO Educational Fund, 1-888-API-VOTE (1-888-273-8683) administered by APIAVote and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC and dedicated team of legal experts and trained volunteers, Election Protection helps all American voters, including traditionally disenfranchised groups, gain access to the polls and overcome obstacles to voting.  The coalition has more than 100 partners - including the NAACP, National Bar Association, Native Vote, Asian-American Justice Center, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund (NALEO), New Organizing Institute, Rock the Vote, the Hip Hop Caucus, Verified Voting Foundation, Advancement Project, National Education Association and the Brennan Center for Justice - at the national, state and local level and is providing voter protection services nationwide.

For more information about Election Protection, the 1-866-OUR-VOTE Hotline and the Smartphone application, please visit: www.866ourvote.org.

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